About this book
A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures.
A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death.
Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man’s corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels.
The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don’t want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes.
But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own.
First off, I just have to say WOW! From the opening pages this book grabbed me and didn’t let go until the very end. The author does a masterful job of painting this story. As he describes each crime scene you can easily picture the victim and the injuries.
The primary characters, Dr. Ellis Poe and Detective Carmen Rainmondi, are excellent. They both have some serious baggage that I think a lot of readers will be able to relate with them. Also, I enjoyed the interaction between Carmen and her partner, Bud. I actually enjoyed Bud’s character almost as much as I did the primary characters.
The only potential negative with this book is the author does a very good job of describing the crime scenes, this could be a turn off for some readers. It reminded me of Steven James’ book The Pawn, where I could visualize the crime scenes in living color. However, there is a critical line by the medical examiner that really drives home an important truth and may explain why the author chose to describe the murders so vividly. I don’t want to tell you this line as it would give away too much of the story. I would encourage you to read this book it will remind you how much God loves us.
The ending of this book left me wanting more, much more featuring these characters. I can find no indication whether or not this will be a series, I hope so.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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Even though I got this book as an email I’m going to give away a Kindle Copy of this book to one lucky winner. Leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner on May 31st!